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How to Find Money Making Blog Ideas – Part 2

More and more people are finding ways to make money from blogging but few pro bloggers are making their money from their personal, general themed blogs. In most cases it takes a blog either with a tight niche or fresh idea to make it big in the blogosphere – but how do you find those ideas? Before reading on you might like to read Part 1 of this series.

3. Dream – Most mornings you can find me at a local cafe for at least for 30 – 60 minutes. The reasons I go there are numerous. For one coffee is an essential ingredient in me thinking creatively (that should almost be a point in and of itself) but secondly I do it to intentionally get out of my ‘Blog HQ’ (my office) and into a different space. I usually leave my laptop at the office and just take a pen and my journal and use the time to dream.

You see I find it easy to fill my head up with wonderful information, observations, predictions and knowledge but unless I put time aside to dream about how blogging could fit with the information I’m gathering the dots may never be joined. Get out that journal again and add to your list of potential topics – what would you love to write about? What would be an outrageous topic to blog on? What type of person would you like to write a blog for? Think outside the box you’ve been living in – open your mind and come up with as many creative ideas as possible. Nothing is too stupid – not until the next stage anyway.

4. Strategize – Get your journal full of Observations, Predictions and Dreams and start doing a bit of realistic thinking on the ideas you’ve got. Ask yourself a few grounding questions and put aside your ‘anything is possible’ attitude for a while (anything IS possible, but sometimes it worth being realistic about the barriers to success). Here are some questions to ask:

• What (how many) other sites/blogs are covering this topic already? Can I compete?

• Is there a niche within the niche that these other sites are not covering that I could concentrate upon?

• How many people are currently searching for this topic (or will be)?

• Who are searching for information on this topic?

• How might I monetize this blog?

• How much would ads pay for this topic using contextual advertising?

• What affiliate programs might work well with this topic?

• Do I have the expertise to cover this topic?

• Do I have the time (and energy) to adequately cover this topic? Will I have enough time and energy in 6 months time?

• Do I know anyone else who might be better at writing this blog that I could partner with?

• Would it be a better idea to submit this topic to an established blog network than to do it on my own?

• Could I generate enough content to comprehensively cover the topic? What sources would I use?

Of course there are many more questions you could and should ask yourself going into a new blog. Don’t get bogged down in strategy but be realistic about it.

About Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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Comments

  1. Frank Johnson says:

    One thing I’m trying to think about is “What am I passionate about?” because hopefully that will sustain me when I arrive at those moments when I don’t have as much time and energy as I would like.

    Maybe just a different way of expressing your point about time and energy, but I thought I would contribute it anyway on the off chance that the different terminology might help someone like me who tends to have a slow brain from time to time!

  2. Daniel says:

    Darren,

    I’m going to start the blog about the software testing for profit but it looks like the demand for this topic pretty poor.

    All these ideas are great!!! But why you didn’t mention how to calculate the demand and how to find the niche using keywords and such tool like http://wordtracker.com?

  3. Having had “blogger’s block” on one occasion, I went looking for a source of inspiration for a new blog article. Couldn’t find a site specializing in it, so I built one from scratch. It’s up and running now at http://www.bloginspiration.com/

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  4. Anonymous says:

    This is a good piece of information.It helps me out with the details of my blog.*Wonderful*

  5. Mark says:

    Darren

    I think your writing and writing style is great.

    Have you ever written a blog or article that was a complete failure? Do you get these often?

    Surely not every subject can be a success, whats the ratio?

  6. Darren,

    As a newbie to this blogging thing. I find it encouraging to know that people like you are around. I have been so tied up with the marketing efforts that I forgot what the whole purpose of my efforts are, To network with others, and learn as much about blogging as I can. While still getting the word out through my efforts.

    This after all a new form of networking. And one that surely isn’t going anywhere no time soon. I really enjoy your articles on the business of making money online. Keep it coming.

    May Good Fortune Follow All of Us!

    CH 2007

  7. Darren,

    As a newbie to this blogging thing. I find it encouraging to know that people like you are around. I have been so tied up with the marketing efforts that I forgot what the whole purpose of my efforts are, To network with others, and learn as much about blogging as I can. While still getting the word out through my efforts.

    This after all is a new form of networking. And one that surely isn’t going anywhere no time soon. I really enjoy your articles on the business of making money online. Keep it coming.

    May Good Fortune Follow All of Us!

    CH 2007

  8. Thanks lot this really keeps me going

  9. John says:

    Hi, great post , will try all of these ideas but what we all really need to know is how to get free traffic without complicated SEO and adwords…

    any suggestions?

    Thanks

  10. stanley says:

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  11. Ray Johnson says:

    Thanks a bunh for your very inspiring blog! One enjoys reading your cool articles as well as they are very useful! Keep up the brilliant work! =)

  12. Danny says:

    hey.. very nice article. its great to have a blog that makes money. I was wondering, how about if you have a website instead of a bog? which one will be better… emmm

    I have read this site http://www.toliveonline.com and got some ideas about business mdoels and how to start, but I am not sure yet about the business models which I want to choose. May be using blog since more dynamic…

    Anyway, great post man…

  13. jimmy reese says:

    Thanks for the terrific information.

  14. Rainbow says:

    I come up with this idea after reading your post. so after making my blog I just stop by to say thanks for the advice..

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  15. Devin says:

    Great Info. I will be using some of your ideas and suggestions. Thanks

  16. hari says:

    i have collected some money making ideas with adsense in my site but i have no traffic, can you help me

  17. hari says:

    hi this is me again after more than a week. the fact is that i came to know about you website through my mobile when i am browsing in it. On reading your blog i am interested and i browsed in pc and visited your site for the first time in 12th june and that days comment is above. i am being a blogger can’t post a blog as you are, how are blogging so frequently? can you explain that

  18. I guess sometimes, we try to over complicate things, people are totally predictable we are looking for the same things (health, goods, $, etc) and we forgot that our passion and dreams are the same of many others. We think we are lonely, unique or original, and we share our problems and dreams. Thanks for your ideas.

    http://www.drasticallyimprove.com/luise

  19. 007 says:

    Nice info:-) as a newbie i found it nice and informative. my 1st try for making money online was google adsense and am still sticking to it:-) But Never try to mess with google people!!!

    Have a look at for comlete story.

    http://makemoneyonline-007.blogspot.com/2009/01/best-and-most-reliable-way-is-adsense.html

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  21. Tarakesh says:

    PPC Market has lost its value, with lots of frauds and un- genuine click and less transparency. I consider PPC as a waste of time.

  22. I have tried to get money online by doing PPC, pay per click but sadly, you can just earn a little amount in many days you are working on PPC..

    I will try your suggestions on how I can find and make money making blog ideas. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas.